When does a rally turn into a town hall? When the media decides to write it that way. Chad explains there are many ways to make a story interesting or just downright misleading. And, local media outlets covering Ted Cruz’s stop in Raleigh Tuesday had very different views of what kind of campaign stop it was – a rally or town hall. Ultimately, does it really matter? He was here, he spoke and people came to hear him. We vote next week.
Next, AFP State Director Donald Bryson is in studio. He tells Chad for counties to get anything done, they need smaller government. Donald tells Chad in Forsyth County, AFP is working to keep a school bond from being put on the ballot. Chad asks some things AFP thinks could be done instead to generate funds for the school system instead of passing a bond. Donald says cut incentive programs and lower maintenance costs and instead of building new schools, renovate and reopen older schools where possible. Chad asks whether Donald thinks the next legislative session will be short. Donald gives a big sigh and says he hopes Lucy will let Charlie Brown keep his eye on the ball this time and get in and out quickly.
In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad. Francis discusses the past weekend’s CLC conference. He mentions the talk by Dinesh D’Souza who discussed how K-12 educators are pushing a liberal agenda – specifically how fossil fuels are bad and “clean” energy is the only way forward if we want to combat climate change. Francis says energy prices should be a lot lower than they currently are because of the abundance of natural gas. Instead, the earnings of other people are being given to industries like solar and wind. Chad stresses how much solar costs to run a light bulb alone. Francis adds you still have to use another power source to supplement solar and wind energy in states like North Carolina because there is not enough supply to fulfill the demand.
Chad and Francis discuss the Conservative Leadership Conference. Chad says he was impressed by the documentary, “Frack Nation.” Francis says while there wasn’t a headliner this year, the speakers offered more variety. He tells Chad the heart of the conference was the breakout sessions. The feedback received on the sessions which Chad says is a fancy name for “classes,” was phenomenal. Francis says next year the speakers at the breakout sessions may speak during the main conference next year. Chad points out that CLC was held at the same time as CPAC, but no one at Civitas seemed to stress out about getting speakers to come to the conference. The candidate forum Saturday which had every Council of State member in attendance including democratic incumbents and candidates.
Finally, Chad wraps the show by getting the real story about what happened at Ted Cruz’s rally/town hall from NC Capitol Connection’s Matt Caulder (who is also the host of new weekend show NC Gun Dad). He tells Chad there were 500-600 people inside the rally/town hall and 200-300 waiting outside to see Cruz exit and give him their support. And, here’s a link to Matt’s story about what really happened.